Prakriti Bhavan Nature Art Museum is located in the Ballavpur neighbourhood of Santiniketan, West Bengal’s Birbhum district, and was envisioned as part of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s concept for humankind’s harmonious coexistence with Nature. It is one of the very few museums around the world dedicated completely to Nature’s majesty and wealth, as well as many art forms that have resulted from it.
In this little treasure of a museum, you’ll find impressive sculptures made from driftwood and dried timber, as well as metal replicas. A large open-air garden with rock formations sculptures is also available. Of course, nothing compares to Nature’s inventiveness, but that is all the more reason to nurture, protect, and preserve it, as Prakriti Bhavan aims to do.
Prakriti Bhavan is usually open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. for a small entry cost of Rs 30 and an additional charge of Rs 20 if you want to snap pictures. Children under the age of six are permitted free entry.
After concluding your visit to Prakriti Bhavan and enjoying a cup of tea and munchies from the museum canteen, you could choose to visit the adjacent Amar Kutir, which is known for its rustic handicrafts.
Following here on the ecotourism path, the Deer Sanctuary and two massive water bodies, located directly across from Prakriti Bhavan, are home to a wide variety of migrating birds during the winter months.
Prakriti Bhavan is also adjacent to Santiniketan’s famous and gorgeous Sonajhuri forest, which is ornamented with seven rock carvings of birds. Sonajhuri is also home to the Sonibarer Haat, a weekly Saturday market, as any Santiniketan tourist knows. The ancient Santhal people lived in Ballavpur Santhal village, which is located beside the Prakriti Bhavan.
How to reach there is as follows:
From Kolkata’s Howrah station, you can reach Shantiniketan in three hours by rail. Our preferred mode of transportation is the Santiniketan Express, which departs Howrah shortly after 10:00 a.m. You can go on a road trip if you want to. The roadways are in fine condition, and the trip is about 160 kilometers. Additionally, the museum provides free parking to all visitors.
Where to stay
Discover pleasant surprises in Tagore’s home, where life’s best moments are surrounded by harmony and peace. Panthashala provides super deluxe rooms in Shantiniketan with a range of luxury amenities to let you relax after a tiring day of sightseeing. Enjoy authentic traditional bengali cuisines, a home away from home. Guests will experience the perfect combination of luxury, scenic wonders, and modern luxuries with a comfortable stay at Panthashala.